Held annually the first two weeks of October, the Open Studio art walk gives the savvy art buyer the opportunity to see firsthand the creative processes and view new and yet unseen works by the area’s top artists from Boulder, Eldorado Springs, Nederland and other mountain communities. Since much of these showings are happening outside the gallery setting, the bargain hunter just might negotiate some fantastic deals.
While on a consultation in Boulder, I was blessed to get an early viewing of the works of one of the area’s great talents: Samantha Weston. A conversation with Samantha revealed that her work is devoid of what I call “happy accidents.” Rather her work is mature with strong lines and an emphasis on color. Her work has depth and conveys thought, purpose, emotion and intuition. While she freely admits that her ceramics are not her primary focus, they still display her careful nature and attitude for precision and perfection, all while presenting a rootsy, rustic sense of presence. Her perfection shines not just in her pieces, but her hand crafted frames that boast build accuracy that would make any master carpenter proud. Her catalogue overall is quite impressive and contains pieces that would fit almost any interior from shabby chic through modern and victorian to industrial. Samantha is also easy to talk to – getting to know the artists is a big part of what the Open Studios project is all about. Her studio is located at 2045 Mapleton Ave., Boulder.
The show runs the first two weekends of October. More information can be found on the Open Studios website: http://www.openstudios.org
Maps are available for a small fee at the following merchants – though it might be a good idea to call ahead and make sure they still have some in stock:
Map Sales: Participating Merchants
Whole Foods Market (Baseline, Pearl Street and Ideal Market)
Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery
Art & Soul Gallery
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Meininger Art Supply
Whole Foods Market (Cherry Creek)
Whole Foods Market